Idaho Trails Association in need of volunteers

Posted at 9:29 PM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 23:30:03-05

Idaho has about 10,000 miles of non-motorized trails in the state. You can imagine with that many trails, it can be pretty hard to keep them all maintained.

"Every year trees are falling down, the brush is going in, there are fires and all kinds of natural impacts on trails," said Clay Jacobson with Idaho Trails Association. 

Because of this, Idaho Trails Association said there is a critical need for maintenance to many of our trail systems.

"You know some of our trails aren't getting maintenance for 10,15,20 years and in that amount of time they can be gone completely," said Jacobson.

Back in 2010, the Idaho Trails Association began organizing volunteers, equipping them with the skills and tools they need to perform trail maintenance.

The first year, their project was a day long. Now it's grown to more than 20 projects a year, many of them lasting as long as a week for trails in need.

"Public lands are a big part of who we are as Idahoans, and one of the things we really value here. Trails are basically our access to be able to use and go out and enjoy those public lands," said Jacobson.

They said if we let our trails disappear, the ability to go out and be connected to the land will also disappear, so they are asking for your help.

"We always looking for tools, camping equipment," said Jacobson.

Even more than that, they are looking for people to donate their time just to put in the hard work to keep our trails open and accessible. It's hard work but it's not without reward.

"A big part of the reason that we go out there is get away from the traffic and be able to enjoy beautiful places in Idaho like the Sawtooths, the Frank Church, Selway-Bitterroot, truly spectacular places that make Idaho such a unique place to live," said Jacobson.

If you'd like to learn more information about Idaho Trails Association and how you can donate time, money, or equipment, click here.